History of Civitan
Civitan International is an organization of volunteer service clubs around the world, dedicated to helping people in their own communities. Civitans help wherever the need arises - from collecting food for a homeless shelter, to volunteering at their local retirement home, to building a playground for children with disabilities. Civitans have been helping people since the organization's founding in 1917, by a group of businessmen determined to making a difference in their community.
In the 1950''s, Civitan adopted a special emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities. Civitan was one of the major supporters of Special Olympics International, and thousands of Civitans still support these local events. Civitan clubs also fund and organize
special camps and events for people with developmental disabilities.
The focus of this mission is the UAB Civitan International Research Center located on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Made possible through an ongoing financial commitment from Civitan, this world class research center is a center for groundbreak ing research into disorders such as autism, Down syndrome, brain tumors, epilepsy, and many more . Civitan also helps fund the Civitan -Sparks Clinics, a treatment and therapy center also located in Birmingham. At this center, children and families with developmental disabilities can receive diag nosis, therapy, counseling, and other resources they need. The Civitan-Sparks Clinics helps thousands of children and families with developmental disabilities each year.
What is the North Cobb Civitan Club?
North Cobb Civitan Club (NCCC) is a locally chartered Civitan Club. NCCC is based in the small cities of Acworth and Kennesaw Georgia. Lunch meetings are held biweekly. NCCC hosts charitable events to support many local needs including Georgia’s Camp Big Heart Special Needs summer camp and the Acworth Special Needs Baseball Park.
Civitans are everyday citizens who come together in communities around the world to socialize, learn and serve their neighbors.The Civitan civic organization has grown to over 40,000 members in dozens of countries, including youth and college programs.
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